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Crazy Heart (2009)

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A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.

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Scott Cooper

Writers:

Scott Cooper, Thomas Cobb (novel)
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 37 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Bad Blake
James Keane ... Manager
Anna Felix Anna Felix ... Barmaid
Paul Herman ... Jack Greene
Tom Bower ... Bill Wilson
Ryan Bingham ... Tony
Beth Grant ... Jo Ann
Rick Dial Rick Dial ... Wesley Barnes
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Jean Craddock
Debrianna Mansini ... Ann
Jerry Handy Jerry Handy ... Cowboy (as Jerry Hardy)
Jack Nation Jack Nation ... Buddy
Ryil Adamson ... Ralphie
J. Michael Oliva ... Bear (as J. Michael 'Yak' Oliva)
David Manzanares ... Nick
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Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. Written by Fox Searclight Pictures

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The harder the life, the sweeter the song.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The 35mm print was sent to theaters with the code name "Suzie". See more »

Goofs

The Suburban is stated to be a 1978 model, but the body side moldings have a yellow/gold painted insert which was only available for one model year, "1977". See more »

Quotes

Bad Blake: Ain't rememberin' wonderful?
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Connections

Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.90 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Searching (for Someone Like You)
(1955)
Written by Murphy Maddux
Performed by Kitty Wells
Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises
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a subtle and moving performance in an otherwise decent little movie
31 December 2009 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

People have already started the comparison, and not without some reason, of Crazy Heart with last year's film about a down-on-his-luck old timer in his chosen profession, The Wrestler. And sure the comparisons can be made quite a lot, not simply due to the same studio, Fox Searchlight, distributing the films, or that the main characters are practically washed-up in what they do but keep chugging along, or that they have medical problems, or that they're estranged from their kids, or that the woman in their lives is a stop-go-stop affair. The good news is the movies can stand on their own terms, but somehow, at the end of the day, I would probably prefer Aronofsky's gritty naturalism over the first time director Scott Cooper's more slick indie-treatment, with country and wide-open spaces substituting for grisly New Jersey.

And yet you should go see Crazy Heart, and it's not just for Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake, a country musician, 57, who has been on hard times for a while and whose main problem, alcoholism, prevents him from being an unstoppable musical force (think Johnny Cash with a little extra blues) and kind boyfriend to Jean (Gyllenhaal, also quite good). Well, it could almost be all for him - it's marvelous to see him transform into this character, somewhat reminiscent of 'the Dude', but with a more cynical view of life and his former partner (Tommy, surprisingly done by Colin Farrell), and how we really do want him to get better. It's a sympathetic portrait done by a master of American film acting, and even if you don't particularly love Country music it's a worthwhile venture to see him in it.

That's the other thing: the music is actually (and this is coming from a not-big-fan of Country music save for some exceptions like Cash and Williams) quite superb. All of the songs are charged either by a real drive to bring the house down with the joy of playing live, or by the tender moments such as the "Weary Kind" title track, which may, along with Bridges, get T-Bone Burnett his first Oscar nod. The music is one of the things that makes Blake's journey wonderful to watch, even if, sadly, the story is lacking in ways that other movies (not just The Wrestler) do much better. Only a third act twist seems to be compelling, as the rest of the story kind of coasts the characters along, the only roadblock Blake's drinking.

As sometimes happens, it's a towering performance in the midst of an otherwise competent, enjoyable but slight debut feature. But it is something, and often interesting.


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Language:

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Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,664, 20 December 2009

Gross USA:

$39,464,306

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,405,566
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2.35 : 1
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